Student Interns in Juvenile Courts
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Whether it was coincidence or luck, Carlos Camacho '14 is glad he took a class with Adjunct Professor Christopher Reavey, J.D., who happens to be the Hampshire and Franklin County juvenile court clerk.
Realizing his interest in working with youth, Reavey offered Carlos an internship last summer that brought him into the Springfield and Holyoke juvenile courts and allowed him to meet police officers, social workers, probation officers, and a judge. He sat in on juvenile trials, completed paperwork, reviewed police reports, and witnessed first-hand what the future holds for local youth.
"I was sitting in on a case and watching a kid--young, way younger than me--standing up there in shackles. It kind of blew me away. His future's just starting and he's up there like a criminal," Carlos said.
Carlos, a sociology and criminal justice double major, developed an interest in helping kids as a high school student. The basketball team he played on would volunteer reading books to kids in a Kindergarten class. Carlos became more involved in the classroom when he joined Big Brothers Big Sisters and began mentoring a young student who was starting to get into trouble.
Next semester, Carlos is hoping to continue his internship with Reavey or begin a new internship with the Drug Enforcement Agency through a connection with Alice Perry, J.D., Ph.D., director of the criminal jusice program. While he prefers working with kids, the most important career to him is one that "leaves a positive impact on the community."
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